June 19, 2019  
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Tall Tales, Fish Tails, & Damn Lies, Jun 27
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 20, 2019 

Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries will hold a night of music and words from a fishing community with performances and story-telling by Frank Gotwals, Dennis Damon, Bob Quinn and many more. At Stonington Opera House, June 27, 6:30 pm. Proceeds benefit a sustainable future for local fisheries and communities.
Can environmental action be good for business? Jun 27
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 20, 2019 

An informal policy and issue-based discussions held at local businesses over coffee or beer. Speakers: Kristan Porter, Maine Lobstermen's Association; Abe Furth, Orono Brewing Company; Brad Ryder, Epic Sports. ~ Natural Resources Council of Maine
Maine Environmental News
Action Alert - Wednesday, June 19, 2019 

Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, a service of RESTORE: The North Woods. MEN is the most comprehensive online source available for links to conservation and natural resource news and events in Maine (and a bit beyond; hey, we're all connected). We have posted summaries and links to 60,000 news articles and announcements. We also post breaking stories and exclusives. Be sure to check not only today's news, but take a look at the headlines from the past several days as well. Articles often come to our attention a few days after they are published. Follow us on Twitter @MaineEnviroNews. ~ Jym St. Pierre, Editor
Save Right Whales
Action Alert - Wednesday, June 19, 2019 

New England’s iconic whale is on the brink of extinction. A bill in Congress called Scientific Assistance for Very Endangered (“SAVE”) Right Whales could help this key species recover. ~ Conservation Law Foundation
Water: What is has to teach us, Jun 25
Event - Posted - Tuesday, June 18, 2019 

Learn about fresh water ecosystems and new aquaculture operations in the MidCoast region. At Topsham Public Library, June 25, 6 pm. Sponsored by Cathance River Education Alliance.
Proposed Coyote Center, Jun 24
Event - Posted - Monday, June 17, 2019 

Biologist Geri Vistein will share an informative film about the future Coyote Center in Maine, followed by a discussion of Maine’s coyotes. At Lithgow Public Library, Augusta, June 24, 6:30 pm.
Teen Wilderness Expedition, July 23-25
Announcement - Sunday, June 16, 2019 

The Teen Wilderness Expedition is a 3-day, 2-night, all-inclusive adventure for 12-16 year olds at Little Lyford Lodge, July 23-25. Offered by Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District and Appalachian Mountain Club.
Maine State Museum hosts Bike Day, Jun 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

Join the Maine State Museum, Bicycle Coalition of Maine and the Maine State Library in a free family event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote and learn about the benefits of safe, relaxed bike riding. At Maine State Museum, June 22, 10 am - 1 pm.
Woodland Management with Birds in Mind, Jun 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

A Forestry for Maine Birds workshop for landowners, foresters and loggers interested in learning how they can support Maine’s forest songbirds. At Somerset County Cooperative Extension office, Skowhegan, and on the adjacent Yankee Woodlot Demonstration Forest, June 22, 9 am - noon.
Hike Puzzle Mt., Jun 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

A moderate to strenuous hike of 8.5 miles. Cross several exposed granite boulders and ledges offering views of the Sunday River ski area, Grafton Notch, and the Presidentials, June 22, pre-register. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club.
Androscoggin River Canoe & Kayak River Race, Jun 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

This event is open to all to launch canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, (and more) into the Androscoggin River and complete one of three courses of varying length and challenge. At Festival Plaza, Auburn, June 22, 9 am, $15 for single paddler, $25 for a double, benefits Androscoggin Land Trust.
Plants of Corea Heath, Jun 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

Join Jill Weber, botanist and co-author of The Plants of Acadia National Park, to learn about carnivorous plants, orchids, stunted trees and shrubs and cotton-grass. At Corea Heath, Goldsboro, June 22, 8:30 am. Sponsored by Downeast Audubon.
Maine Wildlife Park open house, Jun 21
Event - Posted - Friday, June 14, 2019 

The Maine Wildlife Park in Gray will hold an open house with free admission, June 21, 5-8 pm. Feeding times for moose, lynx, foxes, cougars, vultures and bears will be posted.
Call for a presidential primary debate on climate change
Action Alert - Thursday, June 13, 2019 

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez has rejected a presidential primary debate on climate change. 15 Democratic presidential candidates have joined the call. So can you. ~ CREDO Action
Trekking through Time
Announcement - Thursday, June 13, 2019 

From June through October, Lakes Environmental Association, Loon Echo Land Trust, Greater Lovell Land Trust, Upper Saco Valley Land Trust, and Western Foothills Land Trust will host the Trekking through Time Series. Once a month throughout the summer and early fall, each organization will host a historical tour of one of its conservation properties.
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Letter: Electric car dreams
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, November 23, 2017 

Sean Mahoney wrote a nice OpEd in the Nov. 14 BDN about how electric vehicles can benefit Maine. He ignored one question that no one seems able to answer: If we make a major switch to electric vehicles, from whence will their electricity come? In 2014, the U.S. used about 3.9 trillion kilowatt hours of electricity. This is less than half of what we would need to add if we were going to replace oil for transportation. How can we essentially triple our production of electricity? Basically, we can’t, without drastic increases in coal and nuclear power plants. Solar and wind are a drop in the bucket. Does anyone have the answers? ~ Lawrence E. Merrill, Bangor
Coulombe halts development plans on Boothbay Harbor's east side
Mainebiz - Wednesday, November 22, 2017 

Developer Paul Coulombe has withdrawn plans for development on the east side of Boothbay Harbor.
The Boothbay Register reported that Coulombe, owner of the Boothbay Harbor Country Club, Boothbay Harbor Oceanside Golf Resort and other properties in Boothbay and Boothbay Harbor, pulled out of further business dealings in Boothbay Harbor and canceled closing on a local motel after an informal meeting with local citizens. His original proposals included hotels, restaurants and a new public pier. Coulombe told the newspaper by email, "I have become extremely frustrated with the planning board and selectmen of Boothbay Harbor."
Cape Elizabeth trust wins public funding for Shore Road land acquisition
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, November 22, 2017 

The Cape Elizabeth Land Trust will receive $250,000 from the publicly funded Land for Maine’s Future Program to help purchase 52 acres of woods, fields and trails next to the Robinson Woods Preserve, trust officials said Wednesday. The trust has signed an agreement with Robinson Family LLC to buy the Shore Road parcel for $845,000, said Cindy Krum, executive director of the trust.
Warning issued as nights are getting a lot brighter
Associated Press - Wednesday, November 22, 2017 

The world’s nights are getting alarmingly brighter – bad news for all sorts of creatures, humans included. Light pollution is threatening darkness almost everywhere. Satellite observations during five Octobers show Earth’s artificially lit outdoor area grew by 2 percent a year from 2012 to 2016. So did nighttime brightness. Light pollution is actually worse than that, according to the researchers. Also on the rise is the spread of light into the hinterlands and overall increased use. The findings shatter the long-held notion that more energy efficient lighting would decrease usage on the global – or at least a national – scale. The biological impact from surging artificial light is significant.
Research links climate change, migration
Washington Post - Wednesday, November 22, 2017 

The number of migrants across the world is at a record high – 244 million people left their homes in 2015, according to the United Nations. They were driven by war, dire economic straits and, for some, worsening environmental conditions brought on by climate change. The findings of a new study reveal a historical precedent for a pattern that is increasingly familiar: unusual weather, followed by crop failures, followed by economic instability, followed by a mass exodus.
National Park Service extends comment period on Acadia fee increases
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, November 22, 2017 

The U.S. Department of the Interior has extended the comment period on a proposal to significantly increase entrance fees during peak tourism season at Acadia National Park and 16 other popular national parks. Friends of Acadia and Maine’s congressional delegation are strongly opposed to the plan. The public now has until Dec. 22 to offer feedback on the proposal.
Earth Is Lit, And That's A Problem
National Public Radio - Wednesday, November 22, 2017 

The ever-widening use of artificial lights is making the nighttime Earth glow increasingly brighter, with the amount of global light growing about 2 percent each year. That worries advocates for the protection of dark skies, who say that artificial night glow can affect wildlife like migrating birds and keeps people from connecting to the stars. What's more, they say, all that wasted light sent out into space is effectively wasted money.
What happens when a reporter goes to a turkey farm
WLBZ-TV2 - Wednesday, November 22, 2017 

The number of young turkeys (poults is the technical term) brought into the state increased by 30 percent this year. That is a good sign for the industry. But why do more people seem to be buying from local farms instead of just going to the store? I went to one of the largest turkey farms in the state: Pine Tree Poultry in New Sharon.
30,000+ petitions delivered to Energy Sec. Perry
Other - Wednesday, November 22, 2017 

Earlier this month, Environment America delivered more than 30,000 petitions from all 50 states to the Department of Energy calling on Secretary Rick Perry to stop trying to block clean energy. The group started this campaign in response to concerning comments Secretary Perry made hinting that he might undercut state renewable energy standards. He recently proposed a rule that would require that the federal government intervene to support old, dirty energy sources like coal.
Nature Moments: Sex Ed for Botanists
Maine Audubon - Wednesday, November 22, 2017 

Gender in humans turns out to be more complicated than we once thought, but gender in plants is pretty complicated, too. Plants can have separate sexes, like most animals, or they can be hermaphroditic — but in two different ways. The next time you pass a flower, check it out. [video]
Maine shrimp fishery looks unlikely to reopen in 2018
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, November 22, 2017 

The Maine shrimp fishery appears headed toward another closed season in 2018, based on bleak stock assessments made earlier this year, regional fishery regulators say. If a panel meeting in Portland on Nov. 29 agrees with the recommendations released this week, 2018 will be the fourth year the small but much-loved winter fishery is closed. Climate change is the likeliest cause for the crash in the fishery. Northern shrimp, or pandalus borealis, require cold winter water to spawn. Waters in the Gulf of Maine, the southernmost waters the shrimp can survive in, are warming faster than 99 percent of the world’s oceans.
Thanksgiving Bucks – Got one, Lost one
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Wednesday, November 22, 2017 

I’ve had some memorable hunts on Thanksgiving mornings, before gathering with family for the annual feast. Here are two of my most memorable Thanksgiving encounters with big bucks.
Hunters Asked To Step Up Game Meat Donation As Holidays Near
Associated Press - Wednesday, November 22, 2017 

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is asking hunters to participate in the Hunters for the Hungry program. The State uses the program to distribute game meat donations to food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. The program is accepting donations of deer, moose and bear meat. The main hunting seasons for those animals all end on Saturday. The program also takes road kill donations as long as the meat isn't damaged.
Forest pest spreads, forcing Maine landowners to cut down hemlocks
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, November 22, 2017 

A tiny pest that has devastated hemlock forests from southern Appalachia to New England is steadily spreading in Maine, forcing some landowners to choose between saving and harvesting trees. The hemlock woolly adelgid – a sap-sucking insect barely the size of a pinhead – first arrived in York County via natural spread of the insects in 2003. Since then, the adelgid has reached four other Maine counties and is now considered “established” in scattered areas of more than 40 towns. An invasive transplant from Asia, the hemlock woolly adelgid targets only the tree species that lends it its name.
Letter: Land down to low-tide mark used to be part of shore properties
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, November 22, 2017 

Regarding Steven C. Pomelow’s Nov. 17 letter in the Press Herald, about the ownership of land between high and low tides: Without doubt, the state took claim to it sometime during the past 100 years or so. However, at least through the 1850s, as attested to in a great number of transactions recorded from 1845 to 1854 at the Cumberland County Registry of Deeds, it belonged to the parties owning the property along the high-tide shoreline, all the way out to the low-water mark, with width equaling shoreline boundaries. The tracts in question were sold to the Atlantic and St. Lawrence Railroad and its successor Grand Trunk Railway. ~ John R. Davis, Grand Trunk Railway historian, South Paris
Downeaster service could be extended from Brunswick to Rockland
Forecaster - Tuesday, November 21, 2017 

Passenger rail officials are testing tracks from Brunswick to Rockland for a possible extension of Downeaster service from Boston. Patricia Quinn, executive director of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, last week said the operation is in its early stages, and whether the proposal can move forward is contingent upon the condition of the tracks. Service from Boston now ends in Brunswick. If the Rockland extension comes to fruition, Quinn said NNEPRA hopes to begin service by next Memorial Day and have it run through Columbus Day.
Scientists Again Recommend Moratorium On Maine Shrimp Fishery
Maine Public - Tuesday, November 21, 2017 

For the sixth straight year, federal scientists are recommending a moratorium on commercial fishing of northern shrimp in the Gulf of Maine. The small, sweet-tasting invertebrates’ numbers and biomass in the gulf have been dropping steadily, reaching their lowest recorded level this year, according to Max Appelman, who coordinates the fishery’s management for the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.
Judge Hears Arguments On Whether Oil Pipeline, Terminating In South Portland, Can Reverse Flow
Maine Public - Tuesday, November 21, 2017 

Attorneys were back in federal court Tuesday arguing about a lawsuit brought by the Portland Pipe Line Corp. against the City of South Portland over its Clear Skies Ordinance. In August, U.S. District Judge John Woodcock rejected the city’s request to dismiss the lawsuit. But the city says last month’s cancellation of a massive pipeline project in Canada has undermined the company’s case. The Portland Pipe Line Corp. would like to reverse the flow of its 236-mile pipeline and send crude oil from Montreal to South Portland. But the city’s Clear Skies Ordinance, adopted with broad support from residents three years ago, effectively prohibits that.
South Portland urges federal judge to halt company’s lawsuit over oil pipeline
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, November 21, 2017 

Lawyers for the city of South Portland were back in U.S. District Court in Portland on Tuesday, once again pressing a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed nearly three years ago by the Portland Pipe Line Corp. The company is fighting to overturn a 2014 city ordinance that banned the shipping of crude oil from South Portland’s waterfront and effectively blocked the company from reversing the flow of its pipeline, which currently transports a dwindling amount of imported crude to refineries in Montreal.
Strong Maine outdoors brand seen as key to attracting more young people to live here
Mainebiz - Tuesday, November 21, 2017 

A coalition of outdoor business and entrepreneurs in Maine is collaborating on a branding effort they hope will lure young people to live and work in the state, which they see as an essential step toward strengthening the state's economy. The Maine Outdoor Brands alliance began with six members less than a year ago, but now has nearly 30 in a collaboration that organizers say will give the outdoor industry a "stronger voice" in business development efforts. At a news conference Monday to introduce the alliance, founder Jim Hauptman said a main goal is to help Maine "with one of its most pressing challenges, attracting young people to our state."
USDA's $388K grant to fund UMaine's potato-breeding research
Mainebiz - Tuesday, November 21, 2017 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a $388,000 grant to the University of Maine at Orono to study potato breeding and improve quality and pest resistance in the eastern United States. According to the Maine Potato Board's 2016 report, Maine farmers grew 14.49 million pounds of potatoes on 46,000 acres — compared to the average since 1999 of 16.25 million pounds on 57,067 acres. In 2015, Maine was the sixth highest potato-growing state in the United States.
Customs mandates threaten The Cat ferry service to Nova Scotia
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, November 21, 2017 

The federal government plans to suspend Customs screening at Portland’s international ferry terminal unless the city spends $6-7 million to upgrade the terminal, which the city has no plans to do. Shuttering the terminal could end The Cat ferry service between Portland and Nova Scotia in 2018.
Dispute between feds and Portland could kill The Cat ferry service
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, November 21, 2017 

The federal border protection agency plans to close its operations at Portland’s international ferry terminal, a move that would effectively end The Cat ferry service between Canada and Maine’s largest city. U.S. Customs and Border Protection doesn’t plan to provide entry and exit screenings at the Ocean Gateway terminal next year because the facility doesn’t meet federal standards necessary to ensure the safety of its officers and passengers on the Portland-Nova Scotia ferry, an agency spokesman said.
Caterpillar Hill gets big boost from Land for Maine’s Future Program
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, November 21, 2017 

This week, Blue Hill Heritage Trust was awarded $200,000 by the Land for Maine’s Future program, toward the purchase and conservation of a key piece of property on Caterpillar Hill, in Sedgwick. The collaborative fundraising effort, by Blue Hill Heritage Trust, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, and Island Heritage Trust, will protect another key portion of the iconic view out across Penobscot Bay and the islands. It will also increase public access to trails, as well as boating and swimming on Walker Pond.
Maine lobster, the most valuable species in US seas, hit by Trump’s trade stance
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, November 21, 2017 

Maine lobster has become more valuable than any other single species commercially fished in the United States, but trade policies pursued by President Donald Trump could reduce its annual worth for the first time in nearly a decade. Trump is pursuing efforts to renegotiate trade deals with Mexico, Canada, and South Korea, the fifth-largest importer of Maine lobster. He also pulled the U.S. out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation free-trade agreement, and has talked tough on trade with Europe.
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